Holidaymakers in England, Scotland and Wales have been given the inexperienced mild for journeys overseas. Journey is restricted to a small variety of international locations however the early indicators are that they’re proving fashionable with these determined for a change of scene – this week Tui introduced it will be placing on greater planes to satisfy demand for journeys to Portugal. Bookings for flights to the island of Madeira rose by 625% straight after the inexperienced checklist of nations was introduced, in response to the web site Skyscanner, whereas demand for Gibraltar leapt by 335%.For most individuals, this would be the first journey overseas for the reason that UK’s post-Brexit transition interval ended. Right here’s our information to reserving a visit within the time of Covid and after the time of the EU.In what circumstances can I declare on journey insurance coverage?Since March 2020, insurers have written and rewritten their journey insurance policies a number of instances because the understanding of and responses to the coronavirus pandemic have developed. Whereas the phrases fluctuate in response to every firm, most will now cowl your medical therapy when you contract Covid-19 whereas away.Most can even cowl the cancellation of your journey when you, or considered one of your occasion, contracts the virus earlier than you depart – in some circumstances this could be detected in your pre-flight check. Just some insurance policies will cowl you in case you are compelled to cancel as a result of you have got been informed by NHS check and hint to self-isolate, a practical sufficient proposition to make it important that you simply look out for this clause earlier than signing up.An absence of cancellation cowl is not going to be an issue for anybody who books a bundle holidayNo firm, nonetheless, will cowl the cancellation of your journey in case you are unable to go in your vacation as a result of both your private home space or your vacation spot is put right into a lockdown after you booked. Insurance policies have modified a lot since March final yr that it’s worthwhile to verify what you’re lined for, significantly when you have financial institution account-provided insurance coverage.An absence of cancellation cowl is not going to be an issue for anybody who books a bundle vacation because the tour operator shall be compelled to cancel if both the vacation spot nation bars entry or the International Workplace advises in opposition to journey there. Just a few insurers – Staysure is one of the best recognized – will cowl you (for an additional charge) if the International Workplace advises in opposition to vacationer journey to a vacation spot that’s open in each different regard.Delay reserving for so long as you possibly can, after which rapidly purchase insurance coverage – having had a detailed learn of the coverage paperwork earlier than you pay. Typically, the important thing to reserving a overseas journey this yr is to go for cancellable resort and automobile rent choices, that means you possibly can restrict your losses if the worst occurs. Pay by credit score, not debit, card and think about a bundle (flight plus resort) deal for the higher Atol safety it affords.How a lot will a visit value?The journey firm Tui is switching to greater planes to satisfy the demand for journeys to Portugal. {Photograph}: Pedro Nunes/ReutersThe value of journeys to inexperienced checklist international locations does seem to have risen with demand however there are nonetheless some comparatively low-cost flights out there to Lisbon and different locations, in case you are not fussy about once you fly.For bundle holidays, travelling to the Algarve to self-catering lodging rated good within the first full week of August will value £1,200 for a household of 4 if you wish to go on a Saturday however shall be cheaper when you set off midweek.A two-night weekend break in Iceland for 2 adults at the beginning of September prices from £436 for a room and flights.The excellent news for these considering a visit to Portugal is that the Algarve is without doubt one of the most cost-effective resorts on the earth for vacation spending, in response to the Put up Workplace’s annual journey cash survey. It appeared on the worth of eight issues, together with a three-course meal for 2, a can of Coca-Cola, an area beer and a bottle of sunscreen, and located they have been solely cheaper in Sunny Seaside, Bulgaria, and Marmaris in Turkey. Funchal in Madeira – one other vacation spot allowed by the inexperienced checklist – was tenth on the worldwide checklist.How lengthy can I keep in Europe?The times of keep so long as you want within the EU are over for UK passport holders – however you possibly can nonetheless take pleasure in two weeks within the Algarve with out further paperwork. Britain and the EU have agreed visa-free journey for brief visits, that means UK passport holders can spend as much as 90 days within the Schengen zone throughout any 180-day interval.This may be in a collection of quick visits or one lengthy go to, and it applies to all EU international locations aside from (non-Schengen) Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania. You can make a 90-day journey to any of these and nonetheless not expend your 90-day Schengen allowance. The identical is true of Eire, which permits unrestricted journey from the UK as a part of a standard journey space for British nationals.At border management, it’s possible you’ll want to indicate a return or onward ticket, present you find the money for on your keep, and use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss residents. Your passport shall be stamped.What’s the take care of passports?The web site Skyscanner says demand for journeys to Gibraltar has risen by 335%. {Photograph}: Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty ImagesIf you haven’t checked your passport for some time – why would you? – it’s price doing so this weekend. Previous to Brexit, a passport merely wanted to be legitimate to go to the EU – now you should have at the least six months earlier than your passport expires to be allowed in. It should additionally must be lower than 10 years outdated. These guidelines don’t apply to journey to Eire, the place a UK passport wants solely to be legitimate for the size of your keep. It prices £75.50 to resume or change your passport on-line, or £85 when you fill in a paper type. The usual service takes 10 weeks.Ehic or Ghic?In case your European medical insurance card (Ehic) has not expired – greater than 6m expired this yr – you possibly can nonetheless use it within the EU this summer season. These playing cards provide you with entry to state-run hospitals or GPs on the identical worth as an area particular person. They’re free to acquire, price having and are anticipated to be carried by journey insurers.In case your Ehic has expired, apply for a worldwide medical insurance card (Ghic), which you will get at no cost. Regardless of its title, as with the outdated UK Ehic, it’s going to solely cowl you in EU international locations. You have to to use individually for every member of your loved ones, together with any kids, and may anticipate the cardboard to take 10 days to reach. Don’t be caught out by web sites asking for cost – Ghics are all the time free.What’s occurred to duty-free – does it nonetheless apply?Brexit signifies that most Britons (not these in Northern Eire) flying off to European locations should purchase duty-free booze and tobacco as they go away the nation. HMRC says holidaymakers may save as much as £11.50 of obligation on a litre of vodka, whisky or some other robust spirits – greater than 40%. Beforehand, solely these leaving for non-EU locations may fill up on duty-free on departure. The EU permits entrants to herald one litre of spirits, duty-free.Travellers returning to the UK are restricted to 18 litres of wine (which is 2 circumstances or 24 bottles), 42 litres of beer and 4 litres of spirits or liqueurs greater than 22% in alcohol – plus as much as 200 cigarettes, all duty-free. For visits to the present inexperienced checklist international locations that’s more likely to be greater than sufficient, given it’s unlikely you may be taking the automobile. You may carry in additional however should declare it and pay the obligation.Travellers returning to the UK are restricted to 4 litres of spirits or liqueurs. {Photograph}: AlamyAt the identical time, these from England, Wales and Scotland coming back from a vacation within the EU can solely herald different purchasing price as much as £390 tax-free. Travellers bringing in purchasing price extra should make a declaration on all of their items and could also be topic to customs duties, and import VAT.Driving in Europe and hiring a automobile – what’s modified?The excellent news is that UK photocard driving licences shall be accepted within the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It was thought that drivers right here would want a global driving allow from the Put up Workplace. These with an old-style paper licence should still must get one, or an improve to a photograph licence.In case you are hiring a automobile, the UK picture licence shall be effective in most international locations. Your rent firm could ask to see your driving licence data once you decide up the automobile. You may share this by getting a licence verify code as much as 21 days earlier than your journey.The UK picture licence shall be effective to make use of in most international locations in case you are hiring a automobile. {Photograph}: Mike Ford/AlamyCyprus will not be on the inexperienced checklist however when journeys there are allowed once more Rentalcars says anybody hiring for greater than 30 days in Cyprus will want the 1949 IDP. Drivers taking their very own automobile to the continent will want a inexperienced card to indicate they’re insured. Your insurer will ship or e mail you one, which within the latter case, you have to to print out in color – as a result of they are surely inexperienced. They apply within the EU – together with Eire – and Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia and Switzerland. Cell roaming – is it nonetheless free in Europe?The 4 principal suppliers – EE, O2, Vodafone and Three – have stated they don’t have any plans to finish charge-free roaming for Britons within the EU – though they may reimpose fees because of Brexit. Calls and texts house, and to native numbers within the nation you’re in are charged as when you have been at house. UK information allowances can be used throughout the EU, topic to a fair-use coverage in some circumstances.Further reporting by Hilary Osborne